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(6,939 posts)
Sat Jun 8, 2024, 11:06 PM Jun 8

I'm trying to move files, apps, etc. from an old PC to a laptop.

Is it worth it to pay for a program that'll do this? I found one called PCT Free Installer (??) that wants to charge me $50 for an upgrade to move the stuff I want. I have a USB cable that'll transfer files b/c I couldn't do it wirelessly. I'm very close to calling the Geek Squad to handle this for me, but that would cost even more. What to do??

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I'm trying to move files, apps, etc. from an old PC to a laptop. (Original Post) Dulcinea Jun 8 OP
get an account on a cloud storage provider lapfog_1 Jun 8 #1
Thanks! nt Dulcinea Jun 8 #2
Kinda depends how your file system is constructed. OAITW r.2.0 Jun 8 #3
The easiest way to do this LPBBEAR Jun 10 #4


(29,419 posts)
1. get an account on a cloud storage provider
Sat Jun 8, 2024, 11:13 PM
Jun 8

use their introductory free account, then copy individual folders from old to new as needed, lather, rinse, repeat until you have it all moved.

or you can do this with a USB drive. Sandisk 128GB is $13 on Amazon. Don't buy the cheap ones as they often lie to the OS about the actual capacity.

OAITW r.2.0

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3. Kinda depends how your file system is constructed.
Sat Jun 8, 2024, 11:44 PM
Jun 8

For instance, on my home office PC, my business has a single folder on the C: drive. The entire business file, created over 24 years, is 25 gigs of files, drawings, data. It is easy to back up redundantly/concurrently on 2 32GB flash drives. So it would be easy for me to move to a new PC download the business files. Only problem I'd have is recreating my Desktop.....it consists of a dozen shortcut folders that I use for accessing my business files.

You could spend some time creating a C: Drive folder and transferring key folders/files into this new directory. Then copy/paste to a USB stick. Easy peasy.


(309 posts)
4. The easiest way to do this
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 06:51 PM
Jun 10

is to use a Run from CD/DVD version of Linux and a decent size USB flash drive.

The following assumes you have a DVD drive in your old PC and the PC is a 64 bit system. (Most do have a DVD drive and most are 64 bit)

You'll need to use a CD/DVD burner and a blank DVD to create a copy of an .iso file. Most cd burning software will do this for you.

Download the following .iso file.


Burn this file to your blank DVD.

Restart the old PC with the newly burned DVD disc. In some systems you may have to set the system Bios to start from the DVD.

Once the Mint system has completely started insert your USB drive in a USB slot. Use the built in file manager to copy your old files to the USB drive.

Once you're satisfied you have all the files you need just insert the USB drive into your new system and copy.your files.

This won't affect your old computer and will avoid the total time consuming hassle of trying to do this in Windows.

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